Building Quality in CNC

What is the Difference Between Emergent Curriculum and Child-Centred Programming?
Tutorial length: 10 minutes
Publish Date: June 2021

The terms “child-centred programming” and “emergent curriculum” are often used interchangeably.
But have you ever found yourself wondering what emergent curriculum means? Or maybe you wonder how a child-centred program is different from an emergent curriculum? This tutorial provides you with a quick overview of what it really means to have a child-centred program, how it compares to emergent curriculum, why it’s important to plan engaging, child-centred activities, help in understanding our role as a facilitator of children’s learning, and some tips for expanding on children’s interests.At the end of the tutorial, you’ll also find resources, a facilitator guide and added group discussion questions so that you can easily facilitate your own team training.  

 

 

Developing Engaging, Child-Centred Activities for Your CNC Program
Webinar length: 54 minutes
Publish Date: June 2021

How do you plan activities for your CNC program? We all do our best to make our CNC programs child-centred, but sometimes program planning can be a challenge! In this webinar, Jackie Cunningham talks about why engaging, child-centred curriculum is so important, where to start with emergent program planning, how to use developmental domains to build on curriculum and learning, and inspiring project-based activity ideas.

 

 

 

Colouring Outside the Lines with Bookmates
Webinar length: 60 minutes
Publish Date: April 2021

In this webinar recording, Bookmates joins us to explore the idea of creativity as an important bridge to learning and development for young children. This session is designed to share practical skills, tips, and resources for how CNC staff can engage children with open-ended process art activities to extend literacy concepts.

 

 

 

Learning As We Go – Literacy Strategies to Support Young Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Webinar length: 60 minutes
Publish Date: March 2021

Bookmates joins us for this important webinar to talk about early literacy resources, tools and strategies that support early learning during challenging times such as we are currently experiencing with the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s an opportunity for participants to hear about; possible long term repercussions of physical distancing on preschool development, evidence based research on increased anxiety/frustration, sedentary behaviours and screen time our early years population may be experiencing, the importance of relationships in a socially distant world, and literacy strategies and children’s books designed to mitigate some of the challenges facing children in 2021 and beyond.

 

 

Reconciliation and Indigenous Pedagogies in Early Learning and Child Care: Part 1 – Walking Together in Reconciliation
Webinar length: 60 minutes
Publish Date: February 2021

CMAS is pleased to present an opportunity for CNC staff to learn about Canada’s Indigenous peoples’ history, knowledge and pedagogies while engaging in reconciliation. For this three-part webinar series, Elder Brenda Mason and Lori Huston, RECE, will join us to share Indigenous knowledge and stories from their perspectives, teachings and lived experiences. 
In part 1 of this three-part series, we discuss the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, including two recommendations that are specifically related to the early learning sector: new Indigenous Education legislation and culturally appropriate Indigenous programs. This webinar and associated article support a deepening of our understanding of what it means to honour the knowledge and skills Indigenous children and families.

 

Reconciliation and Indigenous Pedagogies in Early Learning and Child Care: Part 2 – Awakening and Coming to Know Indigenous Pedagogies in Early Learning 
Webinar length: 63 minutes
Publish Date: February 2021

Indigenous knowledge is a knowledge system that is different from Eurocentric knowledge – it is closely tied to space. In part two of this webinar series and associated article, Elder Brenda Mason and Lori Huston, RECE we share teaching and learning processes that are holistic and narrative-based. Stories are a primary medium for conveying Indigenous knowledge, so in this webinar, participants will hear stories about the Indigenous child, family, and community’s traditional roles that support Indigenous children in early learning programs.

 

Reconciliation and Indigenous Pedagogies in Early Learning and Child Care: Part 3 –Exploring Indigenous Pedagogies Connected to Experiential Learning in Relations to Mother Earth
Webinar length: 78 minutes
Publish Date: February 2021

There are many values, traditions and experiences that Indigenous children gain from being on the land and grounded in experiential learning that is connected to Mother Earth. In this third and final webinar and associated article, Elder Brenda Mason and Lori Huston, RECE share the Indigenous relational teachings with connections to being, spirit and land.

 

Beyond Observation – Bringing Your Skills into Practice
Webinar length: 60 minutes
Publish Date: February 2021

In this CNC webinar, Ann Hutchings and Yusra Awad, from the Graybridge Malkam CNC program in Ottawa, join us to talk about why observation is so important, and how you can use your observations to develop child-centred programming that supports early learning and development. 

 

 

Resolving Conflict at Work with Karen Minty
Webinar length: 62 minutes
Publish Date: December 2020

Do you know how different personality styles behave under stress? How does your team resolve conflict under stressful situations? Karen Minty explains the basic needs of each personality style, and appropriate strategies to deal with difficult behaviour to quickly diffuse situations and prevent further conflict in this Resolving Conflict at Work webinar.

 

 

The Importance of Connecting with Parents
Tutorial length: 8 minutes
Publish Date: November 2020

In the CNC Pandemic Response: The Importance of Connecting with Parents tutorial, you have an opportunity to explore why it is so important to connect with parents each day, and strategies to build relationships, connect and share information with parents – even when face-to-face interactions are limited. At the end of the tutorial, you’ll also find resources, a facilitator guide and added group discussion questions so that you can easily facilitate your own team training.  

 

The Importance of Play in Challenging Times
Webinar length: 48 minutes
Publish Date: October 2020

The transition back to CNC after pandemic closures can be stressful for everyone, and for some, it’s hard to imagine how to plan play-based learning and still meet provincial directives. In this webinar, CMAS consultant Jackie Cunningham provides CNC staff with 10 tips for keeping the focus on play during these challenging times, activity ideas to try, and a simple tip sheet you can share with your team!

 

Managing Separation Anxiety When Children Return
Webinar length: 60 minutes
Publish Date: October 2020

For some parents and children, the idea of returning to CNC after pandemic closures is stressful. Many families will be experiencing separation anxiety and find the transition back to care challenging. In this webinar, CMAS consultant Jackie Cunningham provides CNC staff with 9 Tips for managing separation anxiety when children return and a printable tip sheet you can share with your team!

 

The Art of Storytelling with James Funnyhat
Webinar length: 60 minutes
Publish Date: May 2020

In this CMAS webinar, James Funnyhat, an expert storyteller and musician, shares some tips and inspiring ideas for capturing the imagination and keeping children’s attention… even when the shows are online!

 

 

How the Environment You Create Affects a Child’s Behaviour
Webinar length: 60 minutes
Publish Date: May 2020

In this CMAS webinar, Ann Hutchings discusses how the environment you create affects children’s behaviour. She also shares lots of inspiring ideas for child-centred spaces that encourage creativity, learning and development!

 

 

Communication: Looking Through the Lens of Behaviour
Webinar length: 60 minutes
Publish Date: June 2020

In this CMAS webinar, Shanda Burnett discusses how behaviour and communication are linked. She also explains the importance of relationships and observation, and how an ABC chart can help us understand the function of behaviour in our programs.

 

 

 Successful Transitions and Routines
Webinar length: 60 minutes
Publish Date: May 2020

In this CMAS webinar, Kim Faber discusses why it’s so important for transitions and routines to feel natural and flexible. She also talks about how consistent routines can help children feel safe, secure and confident – and how they help your whole program run smoothly!

 

 

Engaging Children’s Senses Through Play
Webinar length: 60 minutes
Publish Date: May 2020

 

In this CMAS webinar, Jackie Cunningham discusses the importance of sensory play and how you can incorporate it into different areas of your programming.

 

 


Consistent Care and Relationship Building in CNC
Tutorial length: 10 minutes
Publish Date: February 2020

The evidence is clear: successful attachments with primary caregivers in the early years have a profound impact on children in almost all areas of development! In fact, a child’s growth and development depends on the capacity of their caregivers to understand, perceive and respond to the child needs. So developing relationships and trust with the newcomer children in your care is key to supporting their settlement and early development. In CMAS’ new Consistent Care and Relationship Building in CNC tutorial, you’ll have an opportunity to consider how relationships impact children’s development and health, what is consistent care and why it is so important, which children might need a little more attention and care, and strategies for improving consistency and relationships for everyone. At the end of the tutorial, you’ll also find resources, references, a facilitator guide, and added group discussion questions so that you can easily facilitate your own team training. English version | French version

 

 

Parent Orientations Webinar
Webinar length: 56 minutes
Publish Date: January 2020

A good parent orientation sets the stage for a smooth transition for newcomer families, but not every CNC team knows how to do it well. In this webinar, you have the opportunity to hear directly from three experienced CNC administrators. They share their unique perspectives, promising practices and strategies that they find helpful when it comes to CNC parent orientations. In response to participant requests, Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services has also shared their Sample Visual Parent Orientation Form. Once you have completed this webinar, we invite you to complete this evaluation, which will help with the development of future webinars. Watch the webinar…

 

 

The Power of Play
Tutorial length: 13 minutes
Publish Date: November 2019

Children learn best when they are playing.  In fact, play is so important to children’s development, that the United Nations has included play as one of the basic rights of every child in the Convention on the Rights of the Child! Through play,  children get to know the world around them while exploring and testing their own limits. They’re figuring out how to coordinate their body movements, talk with friends, apply rules, and so much more. In the Power of Play tutorial, you’ll have an opportunity to consider why is play so important, how play supports children’s development and learning, three common myths about play, and strategies that can be used to support children’s learning through play in CNC each day. At the end of the tutorial, you’ll also find resources, references, a facilitator guide and added group discussion questions so that you can easily facilitate your own team training. English version | French version

 

 

Stages & Strategies for Language Learning in Newcomer Children
Tutorial length: 13 minutes
Publish Date: October 2019

Learning a language is a complex process that is experienced differently by every child. But whether you’re supporting dual language learners, single, second or even multiple language learners in your program, it’s important to have a basic understanding of how language learning happens. In the Stages & Strategies for Language Learning in Newcomer Children tutorial, you’ll learn about the four stages of language learning and what to expect as children move through each phase. You’ll also find practical strategies that you can use to support children during each stage. At the end of the tutorial, there are resources, references, a facilitator guide and added group discussion questions so that you can easily facilitate your own team training.

 

 

10 Simple Ways to Encourage Language in Newcomer Children
Tutorial length: 15 minutes
Publish Date: September 2019

Young children are naturally visual learners as they observe, imitate and learn to read body language. For newcomer children, visual cues can be even more important – especially when you don’t have a shared language!

How you integrate and support language learning in your program can make all the difference to how children embrace the process. It can also impact how families view the learning of English, and how they appreciate and see the importance of maintaining their home language.
 
In this tutorial, we’ll look at 10 Simple Ways to Encourage Language in Newcomer Children – and hopefully remind you of all the powerful little things you do each day to support language and learning in your program! English version | French version
 

3 Simple Visuals For Every CNC Program
Tutorial length: 8 minutes
Publish Date: February 2019

Young children are naturally visual learners as they observe, imitate and learn to read body language. For newcomer children, visual cues can be even more important – especially when you don’t have a shared language!

 
In this tutorial, we review the three simple visuals that are essential in every Care for Newcomer Children program. English version | French version
 

 

 
 

How Your Early Learning Environment Impacts Behaviour
Tutorial length: 10 minutes
Publish Date: November 2018

Did you know that having a well-thought out space can be like having an extra adult there to help guide children’s behaviour and ‘show them the way’? In this tutorial, we’ll explore how the early learning environments that we provide for newcomer children can either work for, or against us! Learn more about how the elements of time, space and energy can be used to provide indirect guidance and generally improve the flow of your CNC program. English version | French version
 
 

 

 

4 Tips for Building Confidence in Newcomer Children
Tutorial length: 16 minutes
Publish Date: September  2018

To support their settlement and growth, immigrant and refugee children need supportive relationships, a safe space, and opportunities to nurture and build their confidence and competence. In this tutorial, CNC staff will learn how to incorporate opportunities for mastery, success, and “safe risks” in their programs, as well as some of the ways we unintentionally stifle children’s feelings of competence. It also provides simple strategies to incorporate important learning opportunities that build confidence and support children’s development. English version  | French version
 
 

5 Guiding Principles for the Care of Newcomer Children
Tutorial length: 30 minutes
Publish Date: June 2018

Working with young newcomers is challenging and important work. Not only can the children be vulnerable because of the stress they often experience while adapting to a new language and culture, but they can also be feeling the effects of the stress being experienced by their parents as the entire family adjusts to life in a new country! The guiding principles outlined in this tutorial provide a framework of program expectations and set the stage for flexible early childhood programs that are sensitive, responsive and inclusive. Begin the tutorial…
 

 

 

10 Tips for Difficult Conversations with Parents: The Basics
Tutorial length: 19 minutes
Publish Date: November 2017

Sometimes, we need to have difficult conversations with parents about their child’s development, challenges or needs. Planning for these interactions can be stressful, but this 19-minute tutorial provides you with tools and strategies, common mistakes to avoid, and 10 tips for planning ahead and managing difficult conversations in an approachable and professional way. It also includes a facilitator guide and 10 questions for group discussion and personal reflection to use with your team, extend your learning and help you identify concrete strategies that you can use in your program. Let’s get started!

 

 

When Children’s Behaviour is Challenging
Tutorial length: 22 minutes
Publish Date: September 2017

Sometimes a child’s behaviour challenges us and forces us to step outside our usual comfort zone. Find out what to do when children’s behaviour is challenging you, common mistakes to avoid, and 7 steps to take when behaviour is challenging in your program. We’ve also developed a Facilitator guide that includes 10 Questions for Group Discussion and Personal Reflection to use with your team, extend your learning and help you identify concrete strategies that you can use in your program. Let’s get started!

 

How to select toys for short term or mobile and programs
Tutorial length: 14 minutes
Publish Date: November 2016

You may not know the number of children, their ages and needs until they arrive. And staff may have to bring toys to different locations, so they need to be easy to transport and store! How can you plan for so many variables? This quick-tip tutorial will help you plan for uncertainties and select the toys you need for a mobile or short term program. In it, you’ll find 7 key factors to consider, a printable list of toy suggestions, and ideas for developing your own mobile kits.